Ontario NDP takes to the airwaves as Van Houtte campaign makes big push in final week

Simcoe North – You will be hearing a lot more about the reckless sell-off of Hydro One this week if you live in Simcoe North. Starting tomorrow, the Elizabeth Van Houtte campaign will begin running radio ads in high-rotation.

“This campaign is a chance to send a message to the Liberal government that selling-off Hydro One is wrong,” said Van Houtte campaign manager Jim Reilly. “We believe that it is important that the people of Simcoe North understand what's at stake in this by-election.”

The Facts On the Liberal Hydro One Sell Off

In packed town hall meetings across the province with Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, families are sending a clear message: stop the Liberal sell-off of Hydro One.

Here are the facts:

CLAIM: Kathleen Wynne says she ran on a plan to sell Hydro One

FACT: Kathleen Wynne didn’t run on a plan to sell Hydro One. Selling Hydro One is not in her 2014 budget and you won’t find it in her platform either. In fact, Kathleen Wynne stood in the Legislature on October 21, 2014and said “we're not selling off the assets” (  

CLAIM: Kathleen Wynne says that Ontario municipalities are on board with her plan.

FACT: Over 130 municipalities across Ontario, including the City of Thunder Bay, passed council resolutions opposing the sell-off of Hydro One. (

According to the government’s own polling three quarters of Ontarians of Ontarians oppose the sell-off. (

Open Letter from Ontario NDP Education Critic Lisa Gretzky on Affordable Child Care

Lisa Gretzky, Ontario NDP Education Critic and MPP for Windsor West, released the following open letter regarding the Liberal government’s mixed messages on affordable child care.

MPP France Gélinas on Coroner’s Investigations of Child Deaths in Remote First Nations Communities

“New Democrats support Nishnawbe Aski Grand Chief Fiddler’s call to have the Coroner’s Office investigate and, importantly, attend every scene when there is the death of a child in a First Nation community – regardless of where that First Nations community is.

Stop Liberal Cuts to Education: Gretzky

Statement from NDP Education Critic Lisa Gretzky on Education Negotiations

“Like parents across Ontario, I am pleased to hear that a tentative agreement has been reached between teachers represented by OSSTF and the government and school boards. I hope that this tentative agreement is a sign that Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals are starting to back down on their plans to create more chaos in our schools. After failing to reach agreements over the past year, pushing talks to the eleventh hour, and causing worry and frustration for families and education workers alike, the Liberals have a lot of hard work ahead of them to restore trust and reach agreements with all teachers and education workers. Worst of all, the Liberals still plan to cut up to $500 million from our children’s schools by 2017. New Democrats will continue to stand with families in calling on Kathleen Wynne to stop those cuts, stop causing chaos in our schools, and start putting students first.”

Hydro One Sell-off Sparks Concern over Rising Rates: Statement by Ontario NDP Energy Critic Peter Tabuns

QUEEN’S PARK – Peter Tabuns, NDP Critic for Energy, issued the following statement in response to the release of an open letter by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce outlining businesses’ concerns with the sale of Hydro One: